For me, Yogi and few others the batch started on Aug 16 1996, I still soak with memories of all the happiness I felt on that very first day. It was a great feeling to see how an Engineering College will look like, which was not much different from the school we were used to.
The fact remains I didn’t understand which class we were attending, when I entered the class and started listening. I asked the fellow nearby(who accompanied me in my bench) for which class this is. He told he didn’t know. I thought it was Chemistry and started taking notes. I was asking most curious questions at the same person throughout the period, but he said didn’t know or sometimes didn’t answer. At times I thought this fellow is being a little cruel and doesn’t like me taking place beside him.
At the end of the class (it was the fourth hour), we were breaking for lunch, I asked for notes on the subjects to the same fellow. He told he didn’t have notes himself. Then I asked him his name and told him mine. His name is Yogi, my first friend at college and as I informed earlier into this write-up, he also joined the very same day. He and I became one of the best buddies through college and even now.
We joined Help hostel together, then shifted to a small house within reaching distance of the College. Again shifted rooms. Throughout this journey of College, we gathered more new friends to our room and group as we can say and lost a few, but something about this guy, I couldn’t lose him enough. Or may be he couldn’t lose me.
And finally when we departed away from College, he joined a separate office and I joined AdventNet. Still one of the few friends I kept in touch was Yogi. And then with time he joined AdventNet and worked with me in the same team. We still had great time as we did earlier. Time changed and I left AdventNet, but still I believe we are still in great touch as friends.
One tid-bit came along this weekday which made me write this piece. Yogi turned one more year old this week and his colleagues(few are my buddies too) over at AdventNet were mocking him as 30 years old (Poster pottu prabalapaduthittanga). When I called him to wish as usual, I heard this and immediately burst into laughter. Incidentally I am older than him and I haven’t completed 30 yet (neither did he), but that wasn’t a deterrent for his colleagues in teasing him.
This was one such moments that I wanted to record in my moments of joy and whole-hearted happiness, and this first day celeberation from our College day (10th July 1996), reminded me of those moments we spent together as friends, students, colleagues, roommates, etc.,
Gone are those days, when we were as happy as we can be, without any trouble, without any issues, without any single thing to worry about. Still we garner a hope to become the children we once were.
PS: Yogi is still single and he is one of the most eligible bachelors of our batch. Catch him before the time runs out.